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Here are some Famous and Celebrity Kenyans born in January

1.Raila Amolo Odinga

Is a Kenyan politician who was the prime minister of Kenya from 2008 to 2013. He was the Member of Parliament for Langata Constituency from 1992 to 2013 and has been the Leader of Opposition in Kenya since 2013. He is the leader of Azimio la Umoja–One Kenya Coalition Party.
Born: 7 January 1945 (age 79 years), went to Maseno University 
2.Jeff Mwaura Koinange MBS 

  He was born 7th January 1966,he is a Kenyan journalist and talk show host of Jeff Koinange Live on Citizen TV since February 2017.

He is also the breakfast host alongside co-host Professor Hamo, at HOT 96, the English station owned by Royal Media Services .

He is also a judge representing Kenya at the new East Africa’s Got Talent That first premiered on 04th Aug 2019 .

He previously served as the Africa correspondent for CNN and CNN International from 2001 to 2007, and later as chief reporter at TV station K24 from 2007 to December 2012.

Before joining KTN, he has also worked with KTN on his brand news program Jeff Koinange Live.

He previously served as the Chief Anchor, Africa for Arise Television Ltd based in Johannesburg.

He joined East Africa’s Got Talent as a judge alongside Gaetano Kagwa, Makeda and Vanessa Mdee.

3.Charity Kaluk Ngilu

She was born 28-Jan 1952 at Mbooni, Makueni District, she is a Kenyan politician and the second governor elected for Kitui County. She served as Minister for Health from 2003 until 2007 and Minister of Water and Irrigation from April 2008 to 2013.

She also served as Cabinet Secretary for Land, Housing and Urban Development from 2013 until 2015. She was educated at Alliance Girls High School, then worked as a secretary for Central Bank of Kenya, before becoming an entrepreneur.

She acted as a director of a plastics extrusion factory. Along with Joyce Laboso and Anne Waiguru, Ngilu is one of three women who became Kenya’s first female governors in 2017.

4.Kipchoge Hezekiah Keino

He was born 17 January 1940,he is a retired Kenyan track and field athlete. He was the chairman of the Kenyan Olympic Committee (KOC) until 29th September 2017.

A two-time Olympic gold medalist, Keino was among the first in a long line of successful middle and long distance runners to come from the country and has helped and inspired many of his fellow countrymen and women to become the athletics force that they are today.

In 2012, he was one of 24 athletes inducted as inaugural members of the International Association of Athletics Federations Hall Of Fame.

5.Charles Mugane Njonjo

He was born 23 January 1920, he is a former Attorney General of Kenya (1963 – 1979), and Minister of Constitutional Affairs (1980 – 1983). Charles Njonjo is also popularly referred to as “The Duke of Kabeteshire”.

6.Mary Jepkosgei Keitany 

She was born 18 January 1982) is a Kenyan long distance runner. She is the world record holder in a women-only marathon, having won the 2017 London Marathon in a time of 2:17:01.

As of November 2019, she sits third all-time at both the marathon and half marathon. Her former half marathon best of 1:05:50 (2011) lived three years as the women’s world record. She also has held the world record at 10 miles (50:05 minutes), 20 kilometres (1:02:36), and 25 kilometres (1:19:53), all of which were set in road races.

In August 2018 she was honored by the Shoe4Africa foundation who funded and built the Mary Keitany Shoe4Africa school in Torokwonin, Baringo County, Kenya. She, and her husband Charles, sit on the Shoe4Africa school board.

7.Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o,

Gikuyu pronunciation: [?go?e wá ði???]; originally James Thiong’o Ngugi, born 5 January 1938, he is an award-winning, world-renowned Kenyan writer and academic who writes primarily in Gikuyu.

His work includes novels, plays, short stories, and essays, ranging from literary and social criticism to children’s literature. He is the founder and editor of the Gikuyu-language journal Mutiiri.

His short story The Upright Revolution: Or Why Humans Walk Upright, is translated into 90 languages from around the world. In 1977, Ngugi embarked upon a novel form of theatre in his native Kenya that sought to liberate the theatrical process from what he held to be “the general bourgeois education system”, by encouraging spontaneity and audience participation in the performances.

His project sought to “demystify” the theatrical process, and to avoid the “process of alienation [that] produces a gallery of active stars and an undifferentiated mass of grateful admirers” which, according to Ngugi, encourages passivity in “ordinary people”.

Although his landmark play, Ngaahika Ndeenda, co-written with Ngugi wa Mirii, was a commercial success, it was shut down by the authoritarian Kenyan regime six weeks after its opening.Ngugi was subsequently imprisoned for over a year.

Adopted as an Amnesty International prisoner of conscience, the artist was released from prison, and fled Kenya. In the United States, he taught at Yale University for some years, and has since also taught at New York University, with a dual professorship in Comparative Literature and Performance Studies, and at the University of California, Irvine.

Ngugi has frequently been regarded as a likely candidate for the Nobel Prize in Literature. Among his children is the author Mukoma wa Ngugi.

8.Kenneth Binyavanga Wainaina

He was born 18 January 1971 – 21 May 2019, was a Kenyan author, journalist and 2002 winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing.

In April 2014, Time magazine included Wainaina in its annual TIME 100 as one of the “Most Influential People in the World”.

9.Philippa Gregory 

She was born 9 January 1954,she is an English historical novelist who has been publishing since 1987.

The best known of her works is The Other Boleyn Girl (2001), which in 2002 won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award from the Romantic Novelists’ Association and has been adapted into two separate films. AudioFile magazine has called Gregory “the queen of British historical fiction”.

10.Gurinder  Chadha

She was born 10 January 1960) is an English film director of Indian origin.

Most of her films explore the lives of Indians living in England. The common theme among her work showcases the trials of Indian women living in England and how they must reconcile their converging traditional and modern cultures.

Although many of her films seem like simple quirky comedies about Indian women, they actually address many social and emotional issues, especially ones faced by immigrants caught between two worlds. Much of her work also consists of adaptations from book to film, but with a different flair.

She is best known for the hit films Bhaji on the Beach (1993), Bend It Like Beckham (2002), Bride and Prejudice (2004), Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging (2008), It’s a Wonderful Afterlife (2010) and Viceroy’s House (2017). Her latest features are the biographical musical comedy-drama Blinded by the Light and the television show Beecham House.

11.Zena Moyra Marshall

She was born 1 January 1926 and died 10 July 2009, she was a British actress of film and television, who was born in Kenya.

12.Dennis Kipruto Kimetto

He was born 22 January 1984, he is a Kenyan long distance runner who competes in road running events.

He was the world record holder in the men’s marathon with a time of 2 hours 2 minutes 57 seconds, a record which he held until Eliud Kipchoge broke it in 2018 with a time of 2:01:39.

13. Musa Mwariama ,EBS

He was born 1928 and died 1989, he was a Kenyan revolutionary leader of the Mau Mau in Meru and the highest-ranking Mau Mau leader who survived the war without being killed or captured.

Together with Field Marshal Dedan Kimathi, they comprised the core Mau Mau leadership. Mwariama was the highest ranking leader among the Meru side of the uprising. By the time he left his bases in Mount Kenya and Nyambene Hills on the equator, he had about 2,000 fighters who had survived Operation Anvil in Kenya.

He was decorated with the national Order of Elder of the Burning Spear (EBS) after independence. The most famous photograph of him is with President Jomo Kenyatta on attainment of Uhuru (independence) in 1963, and most of the postwar Mau Mau video clips show him inspecting a Mau Mau guard of honour or with President Jomo Kenyatta.

14.Julius Yego

He was born 4 January 1989, he is a Kenyan track and field athlete who competes in the javelin throw. Nicknamed “Mr.

YouTube” because he learned how to throw by watching YouTube videos of javelin athletes, Yego is the African record and Commonwealth record holder for the event with a personal best of 92.72 m. He won the javelin title at the All-Africa Games in 2011 and at the African Championships in Athletics in 2012 and 2014; at the 2013 World Championships he placed fourth, losing a medal in the final round.

In 2014, he became the first Kenyan to win a Commonwealth Games gold medal in a field event. At the 2015 World Championships he won the gold medal with a throw of 92.72m, becoming the first Kenyan to win a World Championships gold medal in a field event. He won silver at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

15. Nigel Gray Leakey VC

He was born 1 January 1913 and died 19 May 1941, he was a Kenya born English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

16.Ayub Ogada

Job Seda (1956 – 1 February 2019), better known as Ayub Ogada, was a Kenyan singer. He was a singer favoring the nyatiti (an eight-stringed lyre with its origins credited to the Luo, a tribe in Western Kenya) as his characteristic instrument.

His music is known to have a natural feel to it, having songs of birds, the calls of animals and the sounds of children playing in the background. Ayub Ogada was also an actor landing major roles in films including the Academy Award Winning Out of Africa (1985) and Kitchen Toto (1987).

And many more who have been able to break records in Kenya historical books.

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